For­get pol­i­tics, sum­mer’s heat is now and real

The Weekly Vista - - Opin­ion - MAY­LON RICE May­lon Rice is a for­mer jour­nal­ist who worked for sev­eral north­west Arkansas pub­li­ca­tions. He can be reached via email at may­lon­trice@ya­ The opinions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor.

I’ll suf­fer no shame in drop­ping the pol­i­tics from this col­umn this week.

It is just too darn hot. Hot, as in the out­side tem­per­a­tures, not po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions.

Read­ers tell me they like this kind of break from world-shak­ing af­fairs. So en­joy.

To stay cool this sum­mer, 50 ways to do it:

1. Don’t lose your cool at oth­ers.

2. Keep your cool — all the time.

3. Rise early and en­joy the cool, pre-dawn time.

4. Run though that yard sprin­kler. You are 5 years old again.

5. Eat a re­ally big vanilla ice cream cone.

6. Crunch up some big ice cubes — now chow down on the re­sult.

7. Seek the shade of a re­ally old tree.

8. Wear seer­sucker (if you got it). Li­nen if you dare.

9. Catch a breeze and stay with it.

10. Chill a big wa­ter­melon, an Arkansas Black Di­a­mond, and then dive right in for the de­li­cious icy treat.

11. Now, eat an­other big ice cream cone — make this one choco­late.

12. Walk far out into the open spa­ces late at night — look up at the stars.

13. Turn up the ceil­ing fan to high.

14. Read, “Po­lar Ex­press” and other weather-ti­tled tomes.

15. Cube up a big can­taloupe. Set it in the fridge. Eat it later. Yum.

16. Pour your­self a big glass of sweet tea. Let it set till it is in­deed ice cold and the glass is sweat­ing. Now it is ready. So are you.

17. Key Lime Pie.

18. Drink a big RC Cola, if you can find one.

19. A cold fruit salad sounds re­ally nice.

20. Break out the loose-fit­ting Hawai­ian shirts.

21. Toss away those hot shoes — san­dals are in.

22. Take naps in the heat of the day.

23. Re­mem­ber the deep and frigid win­ter snows.

24. Ba­nana pud­ding sure sounds good.

25. Start your Christ­mas card list.

26. Soak those tired feet in cool wa­ter, toss in an ice cube or two.

27. Break out the tal­cum pow­der for those itchy spots.

28. Eat a whole peach with the juice run­ning down your chin.

29. Wear that big floppy brimmed hat — ev­ery­where.

30. Al­ways re­mem­ber — it is hot­ter in Fort Smith.

31. Read the mag­a­zines first. Bills, look at them later.

32. Go to the pub­lic li­brary. It’s al­ways cool in there.

33. Turn off the TV and turn on the jazz mu­sic.

34. Pick the gui­tar. If you don’t, lis­ten to some­one who does.

35. Have a cold one. A real cold one.

36. Fan your­self with a hand-held fan — if you can find one.

37. Retell an old joke that makes folks laugh.

38. Eat cold fried chicken.

39. En­cour­age the neigh­bors to crank some home­made ice cream — you will sure help eat it.

40. Wear a smile. That al­ways cools down some folks.

41. Run out into a sum­mer rain. Let it soak you down.

42. Go to the area pools and wa­ter parks.

43. Drive out in the coun­try with the win­dows down.

44. Eat a spoon­ful of lo­cal honey. Sweet and cool.

45. Make a big tomato sand­wich — mayo, white bread and a big, red, juicy cen­ter of tomato.

46. Ar­rive at the of­fice a lit­tle late. Leave a lit­tle early.

47. Eschew socks, men — when you can. Hose are out — even knee highs for the gals.

48. Soak down that mid­sized hand towel. Drape it around the back of your neck.

49. Get a re­ally short hair­cut. Feel the breeze you were miss­ing.

50. And lastly, chill out. Sum­mer will soon be over.

Next week, back to pol­i­tics.

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